Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement

A recognized leader in recruiting, training and deploying Black mentors to work with area youth.




HSD Announces Over $3.8 Million to Support Families in Seattle

Don Cameron, executive director of Seattle Cares Mentoring and the 4C Coalition (Clergy, Community, Children-Youth Coalition, a mentoring group started in 1999), spoke at this event … “We need to offer hope. Hope for safer places.  Hope for opportunities to thrive.”

Changing lives for good

Seattle Cares Mentoring Movement offers several innovative programs proven to powerfully and positively change the lives of Black youth in Seattle and King County.

In addition to serving Black youth, our programs also serve the parents or guardians who may be struggling to raise children and make ends meet. These families are at higher risk for depression, substance abuse and domestic violence.

Seattle CARES is transforming lives

Our programs

Our programs provide critical skills and positive support systems to improve lives and transform futures.

For more information, download our 2022 Annual Report.

The Rising: Supported by King County’s Best Starts for Kids, The Rising works with middle-school students during the school day, providing key academic, social and personal skills to give them the best start in life.

Community Wellness Circles: Supported by King County’s Positive Family Connections, wellness circles provide a safe space to support and serve primarily mothers and female guardians who have responsibility for guiding their children.

Our Best: Launched initially with funding from City of Seattle, this program recruits and trains motivated Black adults to mentor Black youth.

How you can help

Our society’s long-standing inequities in health care, education and economic well-being disproportionately impact Black families. Each of us needs to decide how we can best engage in actions to create a healthier, more equitable and more inclusive community.

For some, making a donation is a way to make a difference. We are grateful to all our supporters.

Donate today

Others might choose to become a mentor. This inspirational work can help the next generation succeed in school and live balanced, productive and positive lives.

Be a Mentor